Schools across south Wales have been adopting puppies to help raise money for a children’s hospice charity.
More than 50 schools have signed up to a special fundraising campaign in aid of Tŷ Hafan. The hospice’s Snowdogs: Tails in Wales campaign will see more than 40 individually decorated giant fibreglass Snowdog sculptures scampering across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan for 10 weeks in a mass participation public art trail from 16 September.
As part of the campaign’s learning programme, pupils at schools across South Wales are taking part in a host of fundraising activities and have been given their own Snowdog pup, which is half the size of the giant ones, to design and unleash onto the autumn trail.
The campaign, inspired by much-loved animation The Snowman and the Snowdog, is being organised by children’s hospice Tŷ Hafan, with support from brand owners Penguin Random House and event producers Wild in Art.
Thousands of friends and families are expected to follow the free public art trail across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to find their favourite Snowdogs and rediscover the region’s amazing open spaces and iconic buildings along the way.
At the end of the 10-week trail, each of the large Snowdogs will be auctioned to raise thousands of pounds to help Tŷ Hafan offer care and support life-limited children, young people and their families across Wales. Pups are returned to their school or community project after the trail closes.
The Learning Programme part of the campaign is being sponsored by Acorns Nurseries.
Director Cherie Wilson said: “As sponsors of the learning programme, Acorns Nurseries are delighted to be working with Tŷ Hafan and excited to support the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales art trail.
“It’s going to bring businesses, artists and schools together – what a fun way to raise awareness and money for such an amazing charity.”
Snowdogs: Tails in Wales project manager Helen Gibbons said: “We’re thrilled that so many schools and community groups have been eager to get involved and support of life-limited children and their families.
“We can’t wait to hear about their fundraising ideas and see their original designs for their Snowdog pup.
“But most of all we’re looking forward to seeing the children out and about on the trail this autumn, having fun and learning how they can help children who are less fortunate than they are.”
Tŷ Hafan Ambassador Lloyd Davies, Managing Director of Convey Law, has generously gifted Snowdog pups to 11 schools to give them a head-start on fundraising for the children’s hospice charity.
Mr Davies said: ““This is a wonderful way to bring the community together, involving our local Monmouth schools and the rugby club, in a fundraising initiative which will raise much needed funds and help to raise the profile of this wonderful charity within Wales and our local community. Thank you to everyone for taking part and for your hard work.”
For more information on the Snowdogs trail and how you can get involved, please visit www.snowdogstailsin.wales